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Nov. 3, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A two-run fifth inning secured a 6-4 victory for the Black team over Garnet on Monday in the finale of the Garnet and Black World Series. Black won the series with a win also in Friday’s opener.

With the bases loaded, a pair of RBIs from Madison Stokes and Logan Koch pushed across two runs allowing Black to reclaim the lead and hold on for the win.

Garnet took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a pair of hits from Kyle Martin and Alex Destino. Martin doubled, allowing Marcus Mooney to score and Destino followed with a base hit to bring home Martin.

Black cut the lead to one run in the bottom of the first as DC Arendas scored on Stokes’ RBI single. Thatcher Coleman added to Garnet’s lead with a solo home run to left-center in the top of the second.

Black tallied three runs in the bottom of the second to go ahead 4-3 over Garnet but Mooney promptly tied the game at 4-4 with a solo home run to left field to open the top of the third.


Black loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth allowing Stokes and Koch to drive in the go ahead runs.


Black allowed just one run on one hit from the third inning on.


Madison Stokes and DC Arendas both tallied a pair of RBI for Black

Matt Vogel and Taylor Widener combined for three scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out five batters

Marcus Mooney had a solo home run and tallied five hits in the three games

Thatcher Coleman had a solo home run

Kyle Martin went 2-for-3 at the plate for Garnet with an RBI double

—— South Carolina won the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 2010 and 2011 at the College World Series. South Carolina has 11 College World Series appearances, including six in the last 13 years. The Gamecocks own the second-highest win total in the nation in the last 15 years (2000 to the present) with a 713-289 record. South Carolina is one of five schools to appear in the NCAA Regional every season in the last 15 years, including 11 NCAA Super Regional appearances in that span, one of only two schools to accomplish the feat.